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life were two clearly distinct categories. It didn't much matter what decisions one made in their personal life, because those who they had business relationships with likely wouldn't see it. However, with the rise of social media and perpetual, prolific updates, these two worlds are edging closer and closer together.
Today, our digital footprint says more about who we are than our interactions with others do. Why? Because we as a society are relying more and more on technology--we are finding our reality amid the 0's and 1's of the virtual world.
I currently work as an editor/ proofreader for a church-run youth summer program, and in my line of work I frequently see applications and resumes and the like. While I myself am not responsible for hiring decisions, some of my coworkers help in that process by reviewing the social media profiles of the applicants. It's been an interesting experience to see the types of things that will get candidates removed from the hiring pool. We have to define the character of the applicants based on their digital footprint. It sounds unfair--but is it?
In today's world, how do you get your initial impression of someone? If you're anything like me, you stalk (I mean...take a look at) their social media accounts. There you'll find all sorts of pertinent information: what they look like, their sense of humor, the most important relationships they have (there's a reason that some girlfriends get upset if they aren't featured every #womancrushwednesday), their stance on politics, what kind of music they listen to, their religious beliefs, their moral code...the list goes on and on. If I can get access to that much information, anyone can-- and if that information is so readily available to the general public, then don't employers have a responsibility to make sure that the person they are hiring correlates with the public image their company tries to portray?
less motivated to change these views, even when new evidence arises."-Wael Ghonim